Hers some unbiased advise on buying equipment
Reserve design has changed over the last ten years, the early idea of keeping it small with a quick opening has been ditched for big and therefore slow descent rate. A big one that fits your all up weight in is ideal.
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It's not really like going snowboarding for the first time, paragliding experience and flying hours takes time. So don't rush it or get too ambitious. You need to ask yourself what type of flying you aim to be doing.